Juris Doctor with honors,
The University of Texas Law School at
Member, Texas Law Review.
B.B.A. in Accounting with
highest honors, The University of Texas
at Austin, 1974.
CERTIFICATIONS & LICENSES
Member, State Bar of
Certified Public Accountant,
Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (Retired).
Steven D. Cohen brings 30+ years of tax and legal expertise to the law firm.
While at The University of Texas at Austin, Mr. Cohen received his J.D. (with honors) and a B.B.A. in accounting (with highest honors). He has been a member of the State Bar of Texas since 1978 and a CPA since 1977.
From 1978 to 1991, Mr. Cohen practiced tax law at Locke Lord, LLP (formerly Liddell, Sapp, Zivley, Hill & LaBoon), where he specialized in the tax structuring of partnership equity offerings and investment vehicles as well as corporate mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Cohen was a tax partner at the law firm from 1984-1991.
After practicing at the law firm, Mr. Cohen served as Senior Director and Assistant General Tax Counsel at Enron Capital & Trade Resources, where he was responsible for the tax planning and structuring of domestic and international financial transactions and was the leading tax expert in the area of commodity trading and financial derivatives. Cohen worked with the U.S. Treasury Department and the Joint Committee on Taxation to clarify tax laws on hedging transactions and derivative dealer contracts.
From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Cohen was director of federal and international tax for Reliant Energy, Inc. where he was involved in all tax planning and transactional support; preparing and filing of 250 federal and international tax returns annually with $150 million of taxes under management; and providing the tax provision and disclosures for the company�s financial statements.
Most recently, Mr. Cohen held the position of general counsel to Alpha Publishing LLC, a closely held company that owns and operates more than 100 entertainment and informational Web sites.